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February 1942

Elimination Diets and the Patient's Allergies: A Handbook of Allergy.

Am J Dis Child. 1942;63(2):422-423. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1942.02010020207016

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For the uninitiated pediatrician this small volume may be found useful as an introduction to general allergy, for it contains much useful information on the subject as a whole.

The title is, however, misleading, for the elimination diets comprise only about 50 pages, with a great deal of unnecessary repetition.

When Rowe came out with his elimination diets in 1926, it was thought by many that the food problem could thus be handled intelligently. However, the method is peculiarly clumsy and so empiric that from a practical standpoint it has been abandoned by most allergists. The subject has been further complicated by the observation that even in early childhood allergic persons are found sensitive to environmental substances as well as to foods. Therefore, if a particular food is eliminated and the child still has allergy, it is difficult to know which is the incriminating substance—the food or the environmental allergen.

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